This year Jamaica’s Raging Fyah was more than a little busy. Since January they’ve played nearly 60 dates from coast to coast and even overseas. No strangers to hard work, the men that make up Raging Fyah is not only veterans of the road but also Grammy nominees. We talked to them about their nomination earlier this year, their homeland and much more.
Kendra: Going off your latest release, Everlasting, what would you say is the one component of Reggae music that is constant no matter if it’s a song from today or 30 years ago?
Raging Fyah: Reggae music represents the people and their struggles; it’s soul music that feeds the mind and body.
Kendra: It’s not every day we get to talk to Grammy nominees. So we have to ask, did you get to head to the ceremony?
Raging Fyah: Fortunately for us, we had the opportunity to attend the Grammy’s. We had to take the weekend off from the Winter Roots tour but the experience was well worth it.
Kendra: Whether or not you did, how did you guys react when you found out about the nomination?
Raging Fyah: Getting the news was very surprising, not that we doubted the works and efforts of the project but didn’t realize it was time for the announcement. We felt very excited and humbled receiving the news from our manager.
Kendra: Right now you all are currently on the road and will be until well into the summer. When the dates are constant, what’s something you do to personally recharge every once in a while?
Raging Fyah: We all have separate activities that we do to keep the batteries charged while we are on the road. Exercise is essential, we always have a football juggling at every stop. Yoga, reading, video games and rest are also very vital.
Kendra: Is there one place in Jamaica you never fail to miss when gone that long? Minus your own bed of course.
Raging Fyah: The beautiful scenery at Wickie Wackie Beach.
Kendra: Speaking of, what’s the most Jamaican thing about you that isn’t obvious to the naked eye?
Raging Fyah: Making a way when there seems to be no way. The rebel spirit in us as Jamaicans keep us striving for excellence. “We likkle but we talawah.”
Kendra: With all the dates on the calendar, are you guys planning on taking a break after this run wraps up or do you have more planned for the fall?
Raging Fyah: We will be touring extensively this year with short breaks in between tours. We love to work and bring the positive vibration to the people.